Cell Phone-Caused Crashes Pegged At 27%

The Associated General Contractors of Vermont

PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street

Montpelier, VT 05601

Tel: (802) 223-2374

FAX: (802) 223-1809

E-mail: info@agcvt.org 


  July 16, 2015

Vermont Highway


2015 Year-to-Date: 21

2014 At this time: 20

2013 At this time: 28

2012 At this time: 42

Source: Vermont AOT


Project RoadSafe is funded by a grant from  


Governor’s Highway Safety



A Pledge to End  

Distracted  Driving

I pledge to:

 * Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.

* Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is


* Encourage my friends and family to drive phone-free.




U.S. Route 2, Danville, VT


Roadway and Driver Safety

   One of the major components of AGCVT’s Safety Training Curriculum is Project RoadSafe, our driver safety awareness program.    This program,
now in its third year at AGC, provides businesses with an awareness of the need for driver safety. This program has been a part of our MSHA and OSHA training courses as well as its own stand-alone Defensive Driving and Alive @ 25 courses, both sanctioned by
the National Safety Council.

   The Project RoadSafe programs have also been used by several AGC/VT members as part of their annual Employee Safety Day programs. Complete
information about Project RoadSafe is available on our website: www.agcvt.org.


Attitude Drives Behavior


Cell Phone-Caused Crashes Pegged At 27%

   The National Safety Council estimates that cell phones caused more than a quarter of all motor vehicle crashes in 2013. The estimate includes
crashes involving drivers who were texting or talking on cell phones while driving whether the phone was hands-free or hand-held.

   Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the NSC said, “The incredible connectivity enabled by technology has resulted in a very dangerous
environment behind the wheel.” She said that while the public understands the risks associated with distracted driving, “the data shows that behavior continues.” She cited the need for better education, laws and enforcement for safer roads.

   Texting increases a driver’s crash risk at least eight times, NSC said, and drivers talking on either handheld or hands-free cell phones
are four times as likely to crash.



Workplace Vehicle Safety Tips from The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) For Contractors and Sub-Contractors

** Develop, implement, and enforce standard operating procedures that address worker safety and minimize work to be performed near vehicles
and equipment.

** Use equipment designed to minimize blind areas and equipment with proximity warning systems.

** Establish safe work practices for night work and backing equipment, requiring high visibility apparel.

** Design worksites to minimize backing vehicles and equipment.

** Provide adequate oversight and supervision by a competent person.

** Ensure that drivers only back up under the direction of a spotter.

** Ensure daily communication between prime and sub-contractors to discuss any changes or revisions in construction traffic flow.

** Channel construction vehicles and equipment away from workers by using visual safety devices (retro reflective barrels, delineators, portable
barricades, cones).

** Install signs to guide workers on foot with respect to traffic areas, vehicle flow, and worker-free zones.



New: Mileage Charge Program

   The State of Oregon is looking for 5,000 volunteers to sign up by July 1 for a first-in-the-nation program that will assess road user
charges based on vehicle miles traveled. This program, which has been discussed in the past, requires motorists to pay 1.5 cents per mile to use Oregon’s highways. The program will also send the motorist a monthly bill that will also rebate the user for fuel
taxes they pay at the gas pump.

   This program is based on a pilot program that was tested in 2012-2013 for tracking mileage for the road usage charge.



Stability Control Systems For Trucks

   The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently finalized a rule that would require commercial motor vehicles to include
electronic stability control systems. Passenger cars and light trucks already are subject to the rule.

   According to NHTSA, the final rule, which is expected to take effect in 2018, is expected to prevent up to 49 fatalities, 649 injuries
and 1,759 crashes annually.

   Electronic stability control systems help prevent rollover crashes that are not caused by hitting an obstacle or leaving the road. In
2011, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that the requirement be applied to heavy-duty vehicles.



The Heat Is On – Warn  Your Workers!!

   OSHA is asking meteorologists and newscasters to incorporate worker safety messages into broadcasts about approaching hot weather hazards.
OSHA says that weather forecasters can help save lives by speaking directly to companies who have workers toiling in the blazing sun.

   To help reduce heat-related deaths in the workplace, OSHA and the National Weather Service have partnered over the past five summers to
educate the public about the dangers that heat poses to workers.

   OSHA says employers can protect their workers from high heat by acclimatizing them to the warm conditions. Workers also should be monitored
for symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Anyone suspected of having a heat illness should receive immediate medical attention.



Braking Distances

The following “stopping distance formula” from the U.S Department of Transportation (USDOT) illustrates total stopping distance required
for a loaded commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

60 MPH

88 feet per second


¾ second = 66 feet


¾ second = 66 feet

Air lag

¾ second = 66 feet

Braking Distance

284 feet

Total distance to stop the CMV

482 feet (5 seconds)



 Drive Like You
Really Care!!



Vehicle Miles Traveled

   The “vehicle miles traveled” tax program, presently being administered in the states of Oregon and Washington, will be a part of a list
of options that will be presented to Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.

   The FY 2016 state transportation budget calls for a report from the administration about various options to Vermont’s present reliance
on gasoline and diesel taxes to fund Transportation Agency programs. Traditional tax revenue is on the decline for a number of reasons despite the increased number of miles traveled by motorists. Officials point to more fuel efficient vehicles powered by propane
gas or solar electrical components.

   In a recent interview on Vermont Public Radio, Vermont Secretary of Transportation, Susan Minter said she is keeping an eye on the new
tax programs in Oregon and Washington because revenue from the federal per-gallon gas tax is no longer a stable source of money because many cars are much more fuel efficient and that a plan that taxes motorists based on the number of miles they drive their
car deserves serious study.


Associated General Contractors of Vermont | (802) 223-2374 |
njames@agcvt.org |

PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street

Montpelier, VT 05602

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatal occupational injuries. RoadSafe, produced by The Associated Contractors of Vermont, is an electronic newsletter concerning
workplace driver safety. The purpose of RoadSafe is to distribute data, facts, and other materials to help employers create, maintain, and/or improve their workplace driver safety policies and programs. If your do not wish to receive RoadSafe, please reply
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